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Sophia Builds a Snowman

Sophia's wish to see snow in Vermont

“ This was the best thing that has happened in a long time. It was beautiful to not have to think about anything but enjoying life, the moment and our family. ”


- Sophia's mother

Six-year-old Sophia often wondered what snow felt like, in part because she loves “Frozen” and because she lives in sunny Jupiter, Florida. Her first reaction to encountering snow was sheer amazement as she touched a little pile outside the Burlington, Vermont airport. Her mom was afraid that Sophia might just get out of the car to play with the snow at the next stop light.

Smugglers’ Notch was an idyllic location for her snowy escapades. The first morning, Sophia looked out the balcony and noticed what she thought was a “cushion” that previous guests left. Barefoot, she stepped onto the “cushion” and came in jumping and squealing from the cold of the snow.

Her mother said, “After all that we’ve been through, it was awesome to see her that happy. Every day she told me that it was the best day of her life.”

The temperature reached -17° and the snow was as high as the kids’ waists but the cold only gave them warm and fuzzy feelings. Sophia and her family experienced snowboarding, snowmen and a sleigh ride during which she sang “Jingle Bells” over and over again. There were visits to Vermont Teddy Bear and the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, a heated cabin snowcat ride up to Morse summit to watch fireworks. Not understanding that snow melts into water, Sophia would return inside from a snowy adventure and wonder why she was all wet.

“This was the best thing that has happened in a long time. It was beautiful to not have to think about anything but enjoying life, the moment and our family.”

Wish Granters: Elaine Oswald & Carolyn Pucci
Referred by: Nedean Sams
Wish adopted by Mr. & Mrs. Richard Moreau, Strategic Hotels & Resorts

  • Sophia's wish to see snow in Vermont

  • Sophia's wish to see snow in Vermont

  • Sophia's wish to see snow in Vermont

  • Sophia's wish to see snow in Vermont

  • Sophia's wish to see snow in Vermont

  • Sophia's wish to see snow in Vermont

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